Final Round Judges
David Halen is living a dream that began as a youth the first time he saw the St. Louis Symphony perform in Warrensburg, Missouri. Born in Bellevue, Ohio, he didn’t have to look far for his musical influences: his father, the late Walter J. Halen, was also his violin professor at Central Missouri State University; his mother, a former member of the Kansas City Symphony; and his older brother, the Acting Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Halen began playing the violin at the age of six, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study with Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored with this prestigious award. In addition, Halen holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying with Sergiu Luca.Halen served as Assistant Concertmaster with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Sergiu Comissiona and Christoph Eschenbach until 1991. He then came to St. Louis, where he was permanently named Concertmaster in September 1995, without audition, by the Orchestra, and with the endorsement of then Music Directors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He has soloed with the orchestra in much of the major concerti in the violin repertoire. In addition, he has soloed with the Houston, San Francisco and West German Radio (Cologne) symphonies.
During the summer he teaches and performs extensively, serving as Concertmaster at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has also soloed, taught and served as Concertmaster extensively at Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the National Orchestra Institute at the University of Maryland, the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. In 2007 he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Yale University, and at the new Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. In the fall of 2012, Halen joined the string faculty of the University of Michigan.
As cofounder and artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute, Halen coordinates a weeklong festival, in June, of exciting musical performances and an enclave for aspiring artists. In August, he is artistic director of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, Missouri. His numerous accolades include the 2002 St. Louis Arts and Entertainment Award for Excellence, and an honorary doctorate from Central Missouri State University and from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.
David Halen plays on a 1753 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, made in Milan, Italy. He is married to Korean-born soprano Miran Cha Halen and has a teenage son.
Mike Isaacson is the third Executive Producer in The Muny’s 95-year history. Of his first season, the Riverfront Times wrote “Under his leadership the quality of Muny productions rose like the proverbial phoenix.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch awarded him “Theatre Artist of the Year,” writing “staging one impressive production after another, he made The Muny simultaneously hip and – believe it – important to our community.” Since 2000, Isaacson co-heads Fox Theatricals with Kristin Caskey, producing more than 20 Broadway musicals and plays, national tours, Off-Broadway plays, and London productions. Highlights include RED (2010 Tony Award, Best Play); LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL (2011 Olivier Award, Best Musical), and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (2002 Tony Award, Best Musical). This year they are producing IF/THEN starring Idina Menzel and the highly acclaimed FUN HOME with The Public Theatre. For 14 seasons, Isaacson managed the U.S. Bank Broadway Series at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, bringing more than 100 Broadway productions to St. Louis. He has served on the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee of The Broadway League.
Carl Nappa is Executive Director of Technology and Sound
Engineering for Nelly’s ex’treme Institute in St. Louis and has over 20
years of recording experience as a producer and recording engineer.
Carl’s musical journey began with the gift of an acoustic guitar
at age 9 from his godfather. Playing rock, funk, R&B and jazz throughout
his teen years eventually led him into a recording studio where he developed
his appreciation for what happened on the other side of the glass. Mr. Nappa
apprenticed with Multi-Grammy award winning engineer, Bob St. John and later
joined the Hit Factory recording studios in NYC. Carl’s credits include sessions ranging from
vocal overdubs to eighty-piece orchestras alongside the major pop stars and
producers of our time including Extreme, the Baby Animals, Dweezil Zappa, Steve
Perry, Phil Ramone, Alan Parsons, P Diddy, Wyclef Jean, and Vincent Herbert. Recording
sessions have taken him to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and the famed
Abby Road Studios in London. He most recently served as the Director of
Recording for Nelly’s Derrty Entertainment
working closely alongside Nelly and other recording artists. Mr. Nappa
has been awarded over thirty Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records as well
as being Grammy and Aria nominated as an engineer, mixer, and producer.
Ken Page is a St. Louis native with a career spanning over forty years. He has worked in nearly all areas of the entertainment industry on two continents. All of his stage credits are too numerous to list here but include the All-Black revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, the Original Broadway casts of CATS and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN, London’s West End in CHILDREN OF EDEN and twenty years of roles at St. Louis’ own Muny. Awards: New York Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award , Kevin Kline Award and many other nominations. In concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl and Caeser’s Palace. Motion Picture credits include: “Dreamgirls”, “Torch Song Trilogy” and voice characters in “All Dogs Go To Heaven”(King Gator), “Nightmare Before Christmas” ( Mr. Ooggie Boogie). His Television credits are numerous. He can be heard on 17 Original Cast and/or Soundtrack Recordings. Ken’s concert “Page by Page” is available on CD. He recently wrote and directed CAFÉ CHANSON, which was presented here in St. Louis. Ken also opened the GASLIGHT CABARET FESTIVAL this year. He attended Fontbonne University and has an honorary BFA from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Los Angeles/New York.
Miss Missouri 2013
Shelby Ringdahl will be a senior at Texas Christian University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Business. A native of Columba, MO, she graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2010. Throughout high school, Shelby participated in varsity volleyball and basketball, show choir, theater, student government and many more clubs and organizations. She held multiple leadership roles within these activities; ranging from senior class secretary to captain of the volleyball team. In college, Shelby is very active with musical theatre, various service organizations, honor societies, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta where she served as Chief Recruiting Officer, was on the Executive Committee, and as music chair.
In her role as Miss Missouri 2013, Shelby has already begun traveling the state speaking to groups of all types about a wide variety of topics. She also loves to perform as much as possible. She educates her audiences on the power of making good choices, The Miss Missouri Organization, bullying, and promoting her personal platform, "CASA: Home, Safe, Home".
Shelby competed in the 2013 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City where she placed in the top 12. She was awarded 3rd in America's Choice, Best Personality by CNN and Entertainment Weekly, and Top 21 Swimsuit Bodies by US Weekly Magazine.
It is Shelby's passion to inspire individuals within our families, schools and communities to seize every opportunity presented to you in life. It is her desire to always keep that message relevant by framing it in a way that fits the needs of her audience. She strives to personalize each presentation and make its topic specific for the organization and age group.
Shelby is also an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and can be made available for singing appearances, as well as speaking. She can also be booked for promotional and media work, ribbon cuttings and autograph signings. If you are interested in having Miss Missouri appear at your event, please contact Ann in the business manager’s office at email@example.com
Smith is a native St. Louisan, currently appearing in a recurring role on ABC’s
“Trophy Wife” and working on a new Pixar film “Inside Out” due out in 2015. She
is perhaps best known for her longtime role as ‘Phyllis’ on NBC’s hit series “The Office.” Phyllis got her start in the entertainment industry
working for casting agencies with clients such as "Curb Your
Enthusiasm," "Arrested Development," "Spin City," and
NBC's pilot of "The Office." Additional acting credits include: "Bad
Teacher," "Butter", "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked"
"Arrested Development," the box-office hit "The 40 Year Old
Virgin" and the independent film "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese
Smith, a former St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader,received full scholarships in dance from Kansas University and Tulsa University and she holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She was also a ballet dancer with the St. Louis Civic Ballet and the St. Louis Dance Theater as well as a professional jazz dancer under Raoul Appel. Phyllis attended Cleveland High School.
2014 ST. LOUIS TEEN TALENT COMPETITION
Semi-final Round Judges
Berakiah Boone, Pianist / Singer / Director of Education, Saint Louis Symphony
Michael Hamilton, Choreographer/ Director /Artistic Director, STAGES St. Louis
Paul Reuter, Musician / Composer / Executive Director, Sheldon Concert Hall
Amy Scheers, Dancer / Choreographer / Director of Dance, COCA
Denise Thimes, Professional Jazz Vocalist
Preliminary Round Judges
Gary Bell, Actor / Artistic Director, Stray Dog Theatre
Adrienne Broyles, Ensemble Director, St. Louis Children's Choirs
Gene Dobbs Bradford, Musician / Executive Director, Jazz St. Louis
- Paua David, Dancer / Choreographer / Artistic Director, Big Muddy Dance Co.
Rick Dildine, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Phil Dunlap, Musician / Director of Education, Jazz St. Louis
Gina Galati, Opera Singer /Artistic Director, Winter Opera St. Louis
Ron Gibbs, Actor / Singer / Dancer / Managing Director, STAGES St. Louis
Marc Gordon, Musician / Artistic & Executive Director, St. Louis Chamber Music Society
Jeffery Matthews, Actor / Director / Coordinator of Acting & Directing, Washington University
- Lee Nolting, Director of Jazz Dance, COCA
Tim O’Leary, Artistic Director, Opera Theatre St. Louis
Marsha Parker, Director of Theatre, Lindenwood University-Belleville
Ed Reggi, Actor / Comedian / Artistic Director, Paper Slip Improv
Charlie Robin, Actor / Singer / Executive Director, Edison Theatre
Stellie Siteman, Actress / Artistic Director, Max & Louie Productions
Ashley Tate, Dancer / Choreographer / Artistic Director, Ashleyliane Dance Co.
- Zoe Vonder Haar, Actress / Singer / Dancer / Choreographer
- Anthony Redd Williams, Hip Hop Dancer / Choreographer / COCA